Fifty-One women and three men are among the latest persons in Grenada to have earned CVQ/NVQ certification. They were among graduates receiving their certificates during a ceremony on Thursday 12th July 2018 at the New Testament Church on Lucas Street having completed training in four occupational areas at Grey’s Typing and Computer Services. Certificates were presented or studies in General Office Administration level 2, Accounting Clerk level 2, Customer Service level 2, and Administrative Assistant level 3.
Speaking at the ceremony, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Kevin Andall reminded the graduates that employers want employees who can be critical thinkers; people who can solve problems and people who can work with other people. He also reminded them of the need for greater collaboration and better communication in the workplace. He noted that CVQ certification provides the opportunity to gain such skills.
Meanwhile, feature speaker, Jude Thompson, a New York based educator admonished the graduates to keep three things at the forefront – faith, family and fire in the belly (passion) to be able to face the future with confidence.
Speaking at the NTA’s representative at the event, Marketing and Communications Officer, Kay Julien-Gutu, reminded the graduates that there is no limit to how far they can go with the competency-based education and training model of learning. She noted that the world of work was changing rapidly and that the graduates should be prepared for change and to re-learn. Mrs. Julien-Gutu told the graduates that the NTA was available to assist them to continue to attain higher levels of training not only through formal means but through the Assessment of Prior Learning where a person can receive certification for experience gained following assessment against a specific occupational standard.
In response, the graduates shared with the audience how the training has changed their lives; offering opportunities for promotion on the job, part-time senior appointments, new employment opportunities and growth in their confidence levels and other areas of their personal lives.